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Mr. Halpert offers his clients very personal attention and the insight based upon over 26 years of experience.  He understands the stress triggered by the immigration process since he is the only native-born U.S. citizen in his immediate family, and seeks to allay the immigration worries of his clients. Mr. Halpert handles many types of cases including business, family and naturalization cases, amongst others.  Mayor John Cranley appointed Mr. Halpert as a Co-Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Immigration Law in 2014.  Mr. Halpert has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years.


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  1. Immigration: 100%
    28 years, 12 thousand cases



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  • Christopher Michael Pogue

    It is not by accident that Douglas is rated a perfect 10 by AVVO. His approach is detailed and thorough, and every case he assists on is given the full "belt and suspender" treatment. Of any immigration lawyer that I've met, his rates of approval are in a league of their own.


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Hammond Law Group, LLC

3200 Carew Tower
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
N/ABest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2007
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Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2001
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Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A1999
Volunteer Lawyer of the Year AwardCincinnati Bar Foundation1998
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A1998
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A1997
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media.N/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHammond Law Group, LLC2012 - Present
PartnerDinsmore & Shohl LLP2005 - 2012
Associate/Senior Associate/PartnerFrost Brown Todd1994 - 2005
AttorneyCohen Swados1988 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Familes with Children from ChinaMember2003 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
The Commons - a publication of ACUIFive Key Immigration Issues for Foreign Students Marrying U.S. Citizens2014
LawNowCommon Immigration Mistakes That Canadian Citizens Make When Marrying U.S. Citizens2013
Law NowWho is Family? A Look at Canadian and U.S. Immigration Law on the Definition of Qualifying Relatives2013
Lawyers as Economic Drivers (book)Tales of an Unnecessary Lawyer2012
Bloomberg Law ReportsShould I Stay or Should I Go? Tax and Immigration Considerations for U.S. Permanent Residents and Citizens2011
Cincinnati Bar Association ReportCrime and Punishment in American Immigration2011
LawNowThe Undiscovered U.S. Immigration Solution Lurking Beneath the Surface: Derivative Citizenship2009
Cincinnati Bar Associatigon ReportFamily Lore or Legal Proof: One Canadian’s Pursuit of U.S. Citizenship2009
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Avoiding the Gorge of Eternal Immigration Peril: Tailoring Immigration Strategies and Solutions to Suit the Objectives of Individual Clients2008
The State JournalWhat Every Company in the Natural Resources Industry Should Know About U.S. Immigration Law2008
United States Law Firm GroupCompliance and More Compliance: U.S. Immigration Rules and Procedures2003
Northern Kentucky Business JournalTransferring Foreign Employees to Work in the United States: The L Visa2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of ChicagoEnglish LanguageBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
West Virginia University Immigration Seminar2014 Immigration Seminar2014
AILA Ohio Mid-South ConferenceAdvanced Border Issues under NAFTA2013
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationSo You Want to Be a Star? O and P Visas2010
Immigration Law and Employer Compliance in West VirginiaImmigration Compliance2008
SuperJobs CenterAn Employer's Guide to Complying with U.S. Immigration Laws2006